Taiwan, Japan, New York, Gender Reassignment, Documentary, Philanthropy
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2019.038.006 The Family Journey of Jess Ting and Michelle Koo Hayashi

Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D., New York-based philanthropist and plastic surgeon of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, respectively, who are advocates for the LGBTQ+ community, MOCA 2019 Legacy Award Gala honoree. Dr. Jess Ting discusses his early life and the unconventional path that lead him to become a gender reassignment surgery specialist. In the second half of the interview Michelle Koo Hayashi, discusses her early life in Taiwan and Japan. She also talks about the circumstances that brought her to the US. She finished up by discussing her film “Born to Be,” about Dr. Ting and gender reassignment.